Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

New Proposed Rule Places U.S. Asylum System at Grave Risk


On June 15, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking attempting to eliminate asylum for the most vulnerable of asylum seekers. This massive rule would essentially abolish the asylum system in violation of international and domestic law. The rule would:

  • Violate asylum seekers’ due process rights
  • Heighten the credible fear standard for most
  • Foreclose asylum for those fleeing gender- and gang-based violence
  • Give asylum adjudicators unfettered discretion to deny asylum applications.

CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) has provided an easy way to submit a comment. Use this click-to-comment campaign to learn more and submit your comment to the administration today. The click-to-comment campaign will close 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 15. 

 


50th Anniversary of Earth Day and the Fifth Anniversary of the Promulgation of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’

 

 

The Catholic Climate Covenant invites all to participate in a virtual of Earth Day and Laudato Si’ - Hope for Creation

Everyone is invited to submit their hopes, prayers, meditations, essays, reflections, poems, songs, anything creative that can lift up all of God’s Creation in an embrace of love and hope. Participate in this unique and virtual celebration.

 

Earth Day Network

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Some people in the United States and around the world were becoming conscious of the pollution in our air and water. There were massive oils spills and other incidents that raised the alarm for some. Eight years earlier, Rachel Carson had published her book, Silent Spring. This became a New York Times best seller and “raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.” Learn more about the history of Earth Day.

Earth Day 2020 is being celebrated all over the world but in a completely unexpected way due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The theme for this year is climate action. Learn how you can join with people around the world and celebrate 50 years of Earth Day.

 

Earthrise for Earth Day

Join the movement, take a stand for Earth our home and be among those who are responding to protecting our planet by taking action. 

 

Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, May 16-24, 2020

Watch Pope Francis' video inviting all to join him for Laudato Si’ celebrating 5 years since he published his historic encyclical.

Ways to be involved in Laudato Si’ Week:



 

Human Trafficking


Polaris Project

Founded in 2002, Polaris Project serves victims and survivors through the National Human Trafficking Hotline, is building a dataset that shows how human trafficking works (in real time), and is working on strategies to disrupt and prevent human trafficking. They recognized that most of us do not know where to look for those who are trafficked.

Stop Trafficking

Read the latest copy of STOP TRAFFICKING! the Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter.


Immigration


COVID-19 and Temporary Protected Status Holders

While Americans continue to grapple with the coronavirus crisis, an estimated 131,300 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti are helping to support the nation by serving as essential workers. Notably:

  • The average TPS holder from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti has lived in the United States for 22 years. 
  • An estimated 11,600 health care workers today are TPS holders, including 8,100 home health and personal care aides, nursing assistants, orderlies, and psychiatric aides, 1,900 health technologists and technicians and 1,300 other health care support occupations.
  • Across the entire country, the 76,100 TPS holders working in food-related occupations or industries—from grocery stores and restaurants to farms and food processing plants—have felt the impacts of COVID-19.

Read the Center for American Progress article on TPS holders who are some of the essential workers during this time of crisis who are risking their lives and those of their families.


Immigrants Must be Included in Federal Relief

Congress is currently working on a fourth relief package from the consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Families First and the CARES Acts— has left many low- and moderate-income immigrants out of both public health and stimulus policies. For details, check out an overview of immigrant eligibility for public programs during COVID-19.

Call your Congressional representatives and senators and urge them to include the needs of immigrants in the next package of relief spending. Specifically ask your representatives to be sure that the bill contains the following for immigrants:

  • Expand health care coverage for all, regardless of immigration status.
  • Ensure COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines (when available) are covered through emergency Medicaid.
  • Expand immigrant access to the stimulus rebates and remove the SSN requirement. 
  • Halt implementation of the public charge rules.



Climate Change

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Solution Act

This legislation has come about through the efforts of Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL) – volunteers who have worked for a decade with Congress to pass a climate solution that is bipartisan, creates jobs, puts money into the pockets of all Americans, and reduces carbon emissions significantly. Read more about this legislation.


Get Involved - Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby has chapters all over the country and the world. Learn more about CCL and how to join a chapter in your area.

You don’t have to be a member to join the Monthly Calling Campaign. If you are concerned about climate change, here is an easy way to voice your concern and let your Representative know you want solutions to the climate crisis. Sign up here to become a monthly caller.



 

Nuclear Disarmament

Our Stance

In 2007, The Adrian Dominican Sisters adopted a stance that “calls on the U.S. government to lead the way for global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction. We call for an immediate development, adoption, and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and no testing of nuclear weapons.”

Washington Post Article

In a Washington Post article, Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer led with the headline, “2020 is the year to worry about nuclear weapons.” Ms. Braut-Hegghammer identifies 3 reasons for her conclusion. Read more.


Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

This year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NFP). The treaty has been successful in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Watch a U.N. video on the NFP.

Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in a “midlife crisis at 50?” Read Dr. Jacek Durkalec’s article in the NATO Review. Dr. Durkalec is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



Gun Violence Prevention


Every day in the United States, 100 people die from gun violence. The U.S. gun violence rate is 25 times higher than other developed countries. Research shows that common-sense public safety laws reduce gun violence and could save as many 38,000 gun deaths that happen each year. 

What can the average person do to help end this epidemic?

  • Join the Gun Sense Action Network and an hour a week to make calls from your home to raise awareness about sensible gun violence prevention.

  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had bipartisan support since 1994. Common-sense gun safety provisions in a new reauthorization bill will expand domestic violence protections for victims, close the boyfriend and stalker loopholes, and require law enforcement officials to be notified each time an abuser tries to buy a firearm and fails the background check. Call your legislators in the House and the Senate and urge them to vote YES on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

  • Sandy Hook Promise is an organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. The purpose is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning the Sandy Hook tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence. By uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. Watch the Sandy Hook Promise video.